Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nation goes to another war on Independence Day

Nation goes to another war on Independence Day

Bangladesh's Independence Day passed by in a diametrically different mode: no ceremonial state or public honours paid to the martyrs no rejoicing staged. A cosmic calamity posed by an unseen enemy of humanity, the novel coronavirus, has hunted hordes of people out of field activity into homes across the globe and Bangladesh. It looks a weird different planet, deserted outside homes and a veritable 'dance of death' made the ambience all the more horrific. Bangladesh is coming under its shadows. The virus, codenamed Covid-19, has so far taken staggering tolls of over 21,000 dead and 400,000 infected. In Bangladesh, by a latest official account, the global pandemic infected 44 people and five died. Eleven were reportedly cured. As such, all outdoor and indoor functions of the Independence Day were cancelled. Some televised programmes of discussion and patriotic songs were arranged. Newspapers published special supplements on the occasion. Under a virtual countrywide 'lockdown' people joined another war, the war on a microbe, the very day the Bengalis went to war in 1971 and liberated Bangladesh.

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